Soho Chance

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We want to give emerging creatives an opportunity to get a new project off the ground. Soho Chance offers entrepreneurs the chance to work with our teams in one of six areas — bringing a food and drink concept, design idea, wellbeing offering or creative experience to life

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Soho Chance provides opportunities in the cities where we have Houses for anyone who is starting out or starting again. Open across various regions throughout the year, we prioritise ideas that have a positive social or environmental impact.

Soho Chance: Chicago

What you get


The opportunity to take up residency in a small, fully-fitted restaurant rent-free for six months


Up to $10,000 for specialist equipment and alterations to the interior design


Mentoring from Soho House experts to develop your business


Access to the Soho House supplier network to receive goods and services at highly preferential rates


A set rate to cover business costs (e.g. business rates, staffing, payment systems, PR and marketing, maintenance, insurance, etc)


 

What we expect from you


A minimum six-month commitment


Six-month P&L and concept document with sample menu submitted with your application

What you get


The opportunity to take up residency in a small, fully-fitted cafe/ bar rent-free for six months


Mentoring from Soho House experts to develop your business


Access to the Soho House supplier network to receive goods and services at highly preferential rates


A set rate to cover business costs (e.g. business rates, staffing, payment systems, PR and marketing, maintenance, insurance, etc

 

 

What we expect from you


A minimum six-month commitment


Six-month P&L, concept document and sample menu submitted with your application 

 

What you get


The opportunity to curate and operate a studio space showcasing and selling products and produce, with an emphasis on local and sustainable goods


Mentoring from Soho House experts to develop your business


Access to the Soho House supplier network to receive goods and services at highly preferential rates


A set rate to cover business costs (e.g. business rates, staffing, payment systems, PR and marketing, maintenance, insurance, etc)

 

 

What we expect from you


You have a love of storytelling through products and an idea that would bring them to market in an innovative and community-centric way


A commitment to manage the space and the vendors for a minimum of six months


A concept document with any supporting details highlighting the direction of the space and how you’ll attract people to it

What you get


An opportunity to launch a new content idea with our creative team. This could be publishing a book or magazine, creating a short film series that premieres in one of our screening rooms, a live event series at the Houses or something else you’ve thought of but not brought to life yet


We will work with you to develop your concept, help with potential guests from our global membership, and provide production assistance


Your idea can be launched on a range of platforms, including sohohouse.com, the SH.APP and social media


The winner will also receive a set day rate for their time


 

What we expect from you


You’ve got a content or event idea that would benefit from the support of the Soho House creative team


Commitment to see the project through from concept to production. The suggested time commitment is approximately one afternoon spent with our team every two weeks


Concept document and any additional supporting evidence for your idea (submitted with your application)

What you get


An opportunity to showcase a collection of pieces to our members and their guests at Soho House Chicago


A press night for the Chicago art community, including help with guestlist from our membership team, and production assistance in putting the exhibition together


Access to our platforms to share your artwork further: sohohouse.com, the SH.APP and social media


The rights to 100% of sales made during the exhibition


 

What we expect from you


A collection of pieces (minimum 10) that have not been displayed in a gallery exhibition yet


Concept document and any additional supporting evidence for your concept (submitted with your application)

What you get


The opportunity to host a wellbeing experience or concept as a resident in our Health Club. This could be anything that supports a healthy, balanced lifestyle, from a fitness class to a modern sound bath or product – we’re looking for trend-setting ideas that will improve our member’s self-care


Mentoring from our team to bring your idea to life


Marketing and launch support on our platforms: Soho Home, the SH.APP and social media


An agreed rate in our Health Club during the residency


 

What we expect from you


Commitment to see the project through from concept to production


Inspiration board, sketches and concept document (submitted with your application)


Existing certification (if applicable) in the relevant practice, and an idea that moves the needle

What you get


Use of our infrastructure and experience; Soho House will provide mentoring and other support from concept to launch

Content on our platforms to showcase your idea to our members around the world

Physical or digital space for your business, concept or product

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Have a question about Soho Chance?

An opportunity to work with Soho House to launch a business, creative concept, product or interior design project. Soho Chance is a local award with opportunities opening across the cities we are in throughout the year.

1. Take over a restaurant for six months in one of our spaces – there are two available

2. Launch a coffee shop or bar concept in our ground-floor space

3. Curate a marketplace, with street-level window fronts

4. Start a new content idea with our creative team

5. Host an exhibition of your work at Soho House Chicago

6. Offer an innovative wellbeing experience at Soho Health Club

Submit your application for the city you’re in while opportunities are open here. You can select the opportunity you’re applying for when you begin.

Soho Chance is open to everyone, members and non-members. Applications are localised, and we can’t provide relocation services for those applying to cities away from their home.
 
The opportunities are aimed at people who are just starting out or starting again. We want to give people the chance to start something new or take an early-stage concept to the next level. We prioritise ideas that have a positive impact, social or environmental, and encourage submissions from applicants from underrepresented or lower-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Everyone is welcome to apply, but we think Soho Chance is best suited to help someone who is at an early stage with their career, business or creative idea.

Opportunities are awarded in collaboration with a panel of experts from the creative industries. You will be contacted following the application deadline if your idea has been shortlisted. 

If you have any further questions, please contact sohochance@sohohouse.com

These Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) govern your submission of a concept or business idea (the "Submission") for Soho Chance ("Soho Chance"). Soho Chance is run by Soho House, LLC ("Soho House") and is governed by the Terms, as outlined below. By submitting your application, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and understand the Terms below including all links to other terms and conditions contained herein which are incorporated into and form part of these Terms and agree to abide by the Terms at all times. These Terms will continue to apply if you are chosen as a Soho Chance winner and will be supplemented by additional terms specifically relating to your Soho Chance opportunity, which will be sent to Soho Chance winners once the contest has closed. All references to “you” and “your” shall refer to you as the submitter to Soho Chance.

1. Soho Chance Guidelines:
•  You must be a US resident and at least 18 years of age to enter a Submission
•  All Submissions must be the original work of you without restriction from any third party
•  All Submissions must be submitted via the Soho House website on https://www.sohohouse.com/house-foundations/soho-chance
•  Once an application has been submitted, it is considered to be in final form and no revised or future drafts will be eligible for consideration unless Soho House contacts the applicant and request additional information to support the Submission
•  In order to be eligible for consideration in the contest, Submissions must be received by Monday January 31st 2022.
•  The Soho House Prize winners will be announced in March 2022.

2. Miscellaneous:
•  Each Soho Chance winner consent to Soho House and its affiliates and representatives using any and or all of its Submission to be used worldwide in any content, for promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on our websites, social media and digital channels (the “Digital Properties”) as well as in print and hard copy publications as solely determined by Soho House and its affiliates and representatives on a perpetual basis.
•  Soho House reserves the right to select a Soho Chance winner at Soho House’s sole and complete discretion.
•  Soho House reserves the right to change or modify the Terms at any time and without prior notice or to terminate the contest without penalty.
•  Each  Soho Chance winner hereby grants to Soho House and our affiliates a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, license in the intellectual property rights in Its Submission to (a) reproduce the content for the purposes of carrying out our business; (b) include images of the content or reproduce the content for promotional, marketing, and social media purposes across all ours and our affiliates' channels whether print, digital or online
•  You agree to apply with all applicable laws and regulations with respect of your Submission and you represent and warrant that your Submission will not (a) infringe upon any intellectual property right of Soho House or any third party and that you have received consent to include any third- party intellectual property which may be feature, visible, or identifiable in your Submission; or (b) contain any content or information that is unlawful, fraudulent, libelous, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable, or contains any personal contact information or other personal information identifying any third party, who has not explicitly consented to its inclusion in your Submission in accordance with applicable laws.
•  To the extent permitted by applicable law, Soho House’s entire liability with respect to any Submission under contract or tort is limited to$10.00. Soho House shall not be liable to you for any special, consequential, incidental, punitive or indirect damages arising from or related to the Submission regardless of any notice of the possibility of such damages. Notwithstanding, the foregoing, nothing in this paragraph is intended to limit exclude any rights or obligations which cannot be excluded as a matter of law. 
•  You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Soho House and all affiliates, assigns, employees, directors, agents, representatives, and successors from any and all claims (i) alleging infringement of any third- party rights with respect to a Submission, (ii) any breach by you of applicable law related to a Submission; and (iii) arising as a result of, or in connection with your failure to comply with these Terms
•  Soho House will use the personal information you provide to Soho House in connection with these Terms in accordance with our Privacy Policy which can be found at: https://www.sohohouse.com/terms-and-policies/privacy-policy
•  In the event of any dispute between you and Soho House concerning these Terms, the laws of the State of New York, USA will apply. If you wish to take court proceedings against Soho House, you should do so within New York County in New York, USA.

 

Soho Chance: Chicago